Head Hopping: What it Looks Like and Why You Shouldn’t Do it

One of my favorite books I’ve ever edited was written by an author I got to work with on a series of four books. All four books were fun to read and edit, and I didn’t have a lot of major plot concerns.¬†But even though it was good, there were still things to work on. […]

I Finished My Novel! Now What? (Part 3): Self-Editing

Part 1: Advice from a Published Author¬†| Part 2: Proofreading and Beta Readers We’ve come to the part in this series that makes writers tremble in their slippered feet: the dreaded revision stage. I think revision is only thought of with dread by those writers who don’t understand how freeing it is to chop and […]

3 Ways to Hook Your Reader: A Study of Best-Selling First Sentences

We’ve all heard the statistics about how long a person will look at a book before deciding whether or not to read it. It’s not very long–a few seconds, in fact. You essentially have the time it takes to read a billboard to convince a reader that he or she shouldn’t put your book down […]

Learning Point of View: Limited Third Person

One of the ways in which a manuscript can lack focus is if there is no consistent point of view. Point of view means the character whose eyes are observing what happens in the story. There are three types of point of view focus–first person (“I”), second person (“you”), and third person (“he/she”). I have […]